Find Waldo In Reno!

Sundance Books and Music and 20 Local Businesses Host Waldo Hunt in July

Where’s Waldo? In Reno, of course. He’s turning twenty-five this year, and to celebrate, the famous fellow in the striped shirt and black-rimmed specs is visiting twenty different local businesses and organizations all through the month of July. Those who spot him can win prizes, including buttons, books, and more. From The Hub Coffee Co. at 32 Cheney Street to The Great Basin Community Food Coop at 240 Court Street from The Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum at 490 South Center Street to Reno Mountain Sports at 155 East Moana Lane, Waldo figures are showing up in public areas of local establishments. Beginning July 1, anyone who wishes to participate can pick up a “Find Waldo in Reno!” search list with the names of all the businesses, and collect an “I Found Waldo at ___________” card for each Waldo they spot. Collecting cards in sixteen or more businesses and turning them in at Sundance Books and Music will win a Waldo button and an entry for other, larger prizes to be drawn at a Waldo party on July 31. The Grand Prize is a complete six-volume set of Waldo books. People who prefer a shorter version of the hunt can collect the cards from eight businesses and pick up a Waldo button at Sundance Books and Music.

Waldo is the creation of Martin Handford, whose entertaining drawings of crowd scenes swept the world in 1987. Since then, the Where’s Waldo books have held a cherished spot on bookstore shelves the world over. There are now over 55 million Waldo books in print worldwide and they’ve been translated into eighteen languages. An entire generation has grown up searching for Waldo and his cast of wandering companions.

In celebration of Waldo’s longevity and popularity, his American publisher, Candlewick Press, is teaming up with the American Booksellers Association and 250 independent bookstores all across the country, including Sundance Books and Music here in Reno, to have fun and encourage people to visit local businesses. There is no charge to participate, and the game lasts for the entire month of July. For more information about hunting for Waldo in Reno, call Sundance Books and Music at 775-786-1188 or visit


Sundance to celebrate release of Christopher Coake’s latest novel


What: A reading and reception to celebrate the release of University of Nevada-Reno Professor Christopher Coake’s latest novel You Came Back (Grand Central Publishing).

Where / When:
Tuesday, June 12
6: 30 p.m. -  Reading  | Q&A | Book Signing  – Nevada Museum of Art
160 W. Liberty St., Reno

8 p.m. – Reception – Sundance Books and Music
121 California Ave., Reno

About You Came Back:
In You Came Back, thirty-something midwesterner Mark Fife believes he has successfully moved past the accidental death of his young son Brendan, as well as his subsequent divorce from his college sweetheart Chloe.  But then he is contacted by a strange woman who tells him not only that she owns his old house, but that she believes it to be haunted by Brendan’s ghost.  Will Mark, who does not believe in ghosts, come to accept the mounting evidence that Brendan’s is real? Will his engagement to his new love Allison be threatened by the reappearance in Mark’s life of Chloe, who does believe?  If the ghost is real, what can these two wounded parents do to help their son?

You Came Back examines the beauty and danger of belief in all its forms–not only belief in the supernatural, but in the love that binds parents and children, husbands and wives.

Praise for You Came Back:
“When I finished the last page of Christopher’s Coake’s amazing new novel, I set the book down with a sense of wonder.  There’s a ghost in this story, to be sure, but this remarkable author is less concerned with the supernatural than with the all-too-too real specters that haunt us all—the ghosts of our former selves, the ghosts of the lives we might have lived had just a few things turned out differently.  You Came Back will stay with me forever. What an incredible writer.” —Jennifer Finney  Boylan, author of She’s Not There

About the Author:
Christopher Coake is the author of We’re in Trouble, which was chosen for the PEN/Bingham Award of 2005. In addition, Coake was among “Granta’s Best of Young American Novelists” in 2007. His stories have been published in several literary journals. A native Hoosier, he received his M.F.A. in fiction from Ohio State University. He now lives in Reno, where he teaches creative writing at the University of Nevada.

Lama Marut Signs and Presents A Spiritual Renegade’s Guide the Good Life

What: Lama Marut signs and presents A Spiritual Renegade’s Guide to the Good Life (Atria Books/Beyond Words).

Where: Sundance Books and Music, 121 California Avenue, Reno, NV 89509

When: Tuesday, May 29, 3 – 4 p.m.

About the Book
Delivered with fearless candor and disarming humor, Lama Marut introduces a simple set of exercises that offers a revolutionary yet wholly practical approach to creating and sustaining happiness in a complex modern age.

Integrating the ancient teachings of Tibetan Buddhism into the everyday grind, A Spiritual Renegade’s Guide to the Good Life presents a fresh take on our quest for a joyful existence. Each chapter includes an action plan designed to elicit true happiness and forge a clear path toward fulfillment.

About the Author:

Venerable Sumati Marut, (a.k.a. Brian K. Smith) is the son and grandson of Baptist ministers, a motorcycle enthusiast, a former surfer, a Ph.D. of Comparative Religions and a fully ordained Buddhist monk. Lama Marut has been teaching religion for 25 years. As a Sanskrit scholar and Professor of Comparative Religions, he taught at Columbia University and the University of California, Riverside, where he is Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies. For the past decade, he has been a popular teacher of Buddhist and yoga philosophy, spirituality and meditation.

Reno author to present ‘Egyptian Intrigue’ book launch


Join noted mystery series author Maggy Anthony for “Egyptian Intrigue: Thea Stangos Meets King Tut,” a free lecture, book launch and discussion, Sunday, May 20 from 2-3 p.m. at the Wilbur D. May Museum, 1595 N. Sierra St. at Rancho San Rafael Regional Park in Reno.

The event is free and held in conjunction with the May Museum exhibition “King Tut: Wonderful Things,” which features 130 handcrafted replicas of artifacts found at the opening of Tutankhamun’s tomb in 1922. Artisans from the Pharaonic Village in Giza spent more than 10 years recreating some of the most notable pieces of the famous excavation. Lecture participants will receive coupons for admission discounts to the exhibition, which has been extended through May 28.

Anthony, whose new book The Cup of the Ptolemies: A Thea Stangos Akashic Thriller recently launched on Amazon, will read excerpts from the work, which is set in ancient Egypt and modern Alexandria and New York, with historic references to mythology, archaeology and metaphysics. She will also talk about the notorious Curse of Tutankhamun, as well as her own experiences with Egyptian antiquities at the Louvre in Paris and the British Museum in London. A question and answer session will follow.

“In my college days I was a member of Britain’s Egypt Exploration Society and studied the Egyptian collection at the Louvre one summer,” says Anthony. “The Cup of the Ptolemies is the first in a new Thea Stangos mystery series, inspired in part by the intrigue of the ancient pharaohs who have captured the world’s imagination for centuries.”

Maggy Anthony is a retired family therapist who wrote her first book, Jung’s Circle of Women: The Valkyries, about the women she encountered during her studies at the C.G. Jung Institute in Zurich. She is also a novelist, poet and playwright and has taught extensively on mythology, dreams and issues of creative exploration, including at Esalen Institute and the University of California, San Francisco.

For more about the exhibition “King Tut: Wonderful Things from the Pharaoh’s Tomb” which runs through May 28 at the Wilbur D. May Museum, visit or call (775) 785-5961.

For more about the free lecture May 20, call Maggy Anthony at (775) 830-8212 or email For information on The Cup of the Ptolemies: A Thea Stangos Akashic Thriller, which is available on Amazon as a Kindle eBook, and other books by Maggy Anthony, visit or

Lawrence Coates to sign and present The Garden of the World at Sundance


What: Lawrence Coates will give a talk about California wine and Prohibition, followed by a reading from his latest novel The Garden of the World (University of Nevada Press).

Where: Sundance Books and Music, 121 California Ave.

When: Thursday, May 17, 6:30 – 8 p.m.

About the Book
California’s Santa Clara Valley was once home to a vigorous wine industry. The Garden of the World is the tale of a pioneer winemaking family headed by Paul Tourneau, a fiercely ambitious vintner determined to make the finest wines in California. His plans are disrupted by a phylloxera epidemic at the beginning of the twentieth century, the trials of national Prohibition and the bitter alienation of his older son. Played out against the vividly depicted seasonal rhythms of vineyard life, this is a moving saga of betrayal, loss and the harsh consequences of unbreakable ambition.

About the Author
Lawrence Coates has worked as a third mate in the Merchant Marine, as a freelance journalist in Mexico and as a high school teacher in Paris. Born in Berkeley, he served four years in the Coast Guard and another four in the Merchant Marine, spending time in the North Atlantic, the Hawaiian Island chain and the Arabian Sea during the Iranian hostage crisis. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Santa Cruz and gained fluency in Spanish while studying abroad in Barcelona, Spain. He taught in the Lycee Charlemagne in Paris after completing a master’s degree at Berkeley and went on to earn his doctorate at the University of Utah. He has received a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship in fiction, and his work has appeared in The Chicago Tribune, The Missouri Review, Greensboro Review and elsewhere. His first novel, The Blossom Festival, won the Western States Book Award for Fiction and was selected for the Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers Program. His second novel, The Master of Monterey, was published in 2003. His third novel, The Garden of the World, was published in February of this year.

Kristen Simmons to sign and present ARTICLE 5 at Sundance Books and Music


What: Kristen Simmons signs and presents her young adult debut ARTICLE 5 (A Tor Teen, January 2012). Set in a chilling not-so-far-future America, where the moral right has taken over, ARTICLE 5 tells the tale of a young woman, more Katniss than Bella, whose life is turned upside down.

Where: Sundance Books and Music, 121 California Ave., Reno.

When: Friday, May 11, 6:30 – 8 p.m.

About ARTICLE 5:
New York, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., have been abandoned. The Bill of Rights has been revoked and replaced with the Moral Statutes. There are no more police—instead, there are soldiers. There are no more fines for bad behavior—instead, there are arrests, trials and maybe worse. People who get arrested usually don’t come back.

Seventeen-year-old Ember Miller is old enough to remember that things weren’t always this way. Living with her rebellious single mother, it’s hard for her to forget that people weren’t always arrested for reading the wrong books or staying out after dark. It’s hard to forget that life in the United States used to be different.

Ember has perfected the art of keeping a low profile. She knows how to get the things she needs, like food stamps and hand-me-down clothes, and how to pass the random home inspections by the military. Her life is as close to peaceful as circumstances allow.

That is, until her mother is arrested for noncompliance with Article 5 of the Moral Statutes. And one of the arresting officers is none other than Chase Jennings…the only boy Ember has ever loved.

About the author:
Kristen Simmons grew up in the Reno/Sparks area and graduated from McQueen High School. She has a master’s degree in social work from the University of Nevada-Reno and is an advocate for mental health. She lives with her husband, Jason, and their precious greyhound Rudy in Tampa, Florida. ARTICLE 5 is her first novel.

Gruell, Swanson to sign copies of new book on Nevada’s wildlife habitat at Sundance


George E. Gruell and Sherman Swanson will be signing copies of their new book, Nevada’s Changing Wildlife Habitat, at Sundance Books and Music in Reno at 1 p.m. May 5.

For millennia the ecology of the Great Basin has evolved because of climate change and the impacts of human presence. Nevada’s Changing Wildlife Habitat is the first book to explain the transformations in the plants and animals of this region over time and how they came about.

Using data gleaned from archaeological and anthropological studies, numerous historical documents, repeat photography and several natural sciences, the authors examine changes in vegetation and their impact on wildlife species and the general health of the environment.

They also outline the choices that current users and managers of rangelands face in being good stewards of this harsh but fragile environment and its wildlife.

Gruell is a retired wildlife biologist for the U.S. Forest Service. He has published widely on vegetation succession, wildlife habitat and fire ecology in the West and has pioneered the use of repeat photography for recording ecological changes over time.

Swanson is a range and riparian specialist for the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension Service and associate professor in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Science at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Reno author re-examines Yosemite’s past


Ever wonder why America has national parks, wilderness areas and other conserved landscapes?  Initiated in 1864 with Yosemite Grant, “America’s Best Idea” –the concept of protecting special areas from development—has  spread around the world, shaping the relationship between humans and their environment everywhere on earth. 

These landscapes have become so important to American national identity that few of us stop to consider why and how they came into being in the first place. Jen Huntley’s first book, The Making of Yosemite: James Mason Hutchings and the Origin of America’s Favorite National Park  (University Press of Kansas, 2011), offers new perspectives on the power politics and culture wars surrounding the creation of America’s first federally sanctioned sacred space, the Yosemite Valley.

The relationship between humans and their environment is a defining issue that frames policy debates, culture and community identity.

In The Making of Yosemite, Huntley explores new questions about the role of environmental conservation in modern American identity; the relationship between sacred spaces such as national parks and urban sustainability; John Muir’s role in environmental history; and the connections between consumerism, industrialization and metropolitan growth and the creation of sacred wilderness spaces.

Although rooted in the particulars of Yosemite’s origin, this story has widespread appeal to audiences concerned about environmental conservation and sustainability and sparks spirited conversations about the past, present and future of American environmental consciousness.

About Jen Huntley

Jen Huntley, PhD., author of The Making of Yosemite: James Mason Hutchings and the Origins of America’s Favorite National Park, is an environmental historian of the Sierra Nevada and Pacific Rim.  Her career at the University of Nevada, Reno, includes a visiting assistant professorship in the department of history and associate director for education and outreach for the interdisciplinary University of Nevada Academy for the Environment, which she co-designed. She is president of greenUP!, “Where Sustainability is the New Business-as-Usual,” writes the regular feature, “Edible Traditions” for Edible Reno-Tahoe and is on the board of several Reno nonprofit organizations.

View Huntley’s professional profile on Interfolio, LinkedIn and Facebook.

You can read archived Jen’s “East of Eden” column here:

And her blog reminiscing about the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 here:

Incline and Spanish Springs library hours changing


Beginning Monday, May 7, Incline Village Library at 845 Alder Ave. and Spanish Springs Library at 7100A Pyramid Lake Highway will change public hours in response to reduced staffing levels

The new hours for the Incline Village Library will be Tuesday through Thursday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday through Saturday noon – 5 p.m.

On Wednesday evenings the 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Spanish Springs Library drive-up service will no longer be available.

“These changes are being implemented in order to effectively distribute staff throughout the library’s 12 facilities,” says Library Director Arnie Maurins. “As a system, it is our goal to provide the best possible library service to this community and I believe this action helps us accomplish that.”

If you have questions about the hours changes, please contact the Incline Village Library directly at 832-4130 or the Spanish Springs Library directly at 424-1800.  The public is also encouraged to view library operating hours at the WCLS website,

New Issue of The Nevada Review released

The Nevada Review v4, i1


The editors of The Nevada Review have announced that the latest issue is now available.  Volume 4, Number 1 (Spring 2012), is the sixth volume to be published since the journal started in October of 2009, and represents a continuation of its mission of providing a space for new and known Nevada voices.  You can take a look at more information here, and find it in stores soon.

This issue, like the five previous, is complete with fiction, nonfiction, reviews and an interview, all set in or about the state of Nevada.  Items in this issue come from all over the state, examine how Nevada is represented beyond its borders, the state’s policy history and more.  Also like the previous five issues, they believe that you will find this to be a significant contribution to the landscape of Nevada literature.

Contents includes:

  • Excerpt from A History of the Tonopah Area and Adjacent Region of Central Nevada, 1827-1941, by Lucile Rae Berg, edited by Robert D. McCraken
  • “Battleship Nevada: A Remarkable Ship of Firsts,” by Wayne Scarpaci
  • “An Institutional History of the Nevada State Board of Education,” by Joe McCoy
  • “The Season,” by H. Lee Barnes
  • “My Dad and the Ox-Bow Man,” by Kevin Fagan
  • “Billy Button Starnose,” by Lawrence Fagan
  • “A Field Guide to the Trout Stream of Your Heart,” by Chad Hanson
  • Poems: “Quinn River New Year: Warm After the Blizzard” & “Cairn/Women Sculpted of Stone,” by Carolyn Dufurrena
  • Fiction: Excerpt from “The Flamer,” by Ben Rogers
  • Interview: Joni Eastley, Nye County Board of Commissioners

Book Reviews

  • When We Walked Above the Clouds: A Memoir of Vietnam by H. Lee. Barnes
  • A Century of Enthusiasm: Midas, Nevada: 1907-2007 by Dana R. Bennett
  • Jesse’s Ghost: A Novel by Frank Bergon
  • Tahoe Hijack by Todd Borg
  • Hassie Calhoun: A Las Vegas Novel of Innocence by Pamela Cory
  • Crit by Andrew Kiraly
  • Neon Nevada by Peter Laufer and Sheila Swan Laufer
  • Looking Up From the Bottom Reno by KNPB
  • Stewards of the Rangeland Reno by KNPB
  • A Short History of Carson City by Richard Moreno

The Nevada Review is a journal dedicated to Nevada: it aims to enhance understanding of the state as a geographical, social and political unit and a microcosm of the West in the broader historical and political development of the United States. Recognizing the distinctive geological, environmental, social and ethnographic characteristics of Nevada, the Review seeks contributions that examine these features and investigate how they have contributed to the shape of its political institutions, demographic profile and cultural mores. To this end, the Review encompasses studies from a broad range of disciplines and perspectives, including, but not limited to, history, political science, economics and literary criticism and also accepts literary contributions of short fiction that concern Nevada, its people and their way of life.